Jammu and Kashmir administration has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as a top bureaucrat’s positive result has forced a huge number of officials to go under quarantine.

The bureaucrat, who tested positive for Covid-19, is a principal secretary rank official in Jammu and Kashmir administration and was holding regular meetings where a large number of officials were present.

“Just before the news came in, there was a marathon meeting chaired by the chief secretary of the UT. The meeting was attended by this officer along with many others. Most of the attendees were involved in Covid mitigation,” said a senior official.

As per news agency PTI, 80 officials who came in contact with the bureaucrat have been sent to administrative quarantine till their tests come negative. J&K Chief Secretary is also working from home.

The secondary contacts of these 80 officials have also been put under quarantine.

Among those who have been put under quarantine, 12 are IAS officers, many of whom were part of the Covid-19 combat team in the UT.

The administration has started deep sanitisation of the civil secretariat in Jammu.

Employees complain against ‘breach of SOP’

Several employees of the J&K administration have complained about the alleged breach of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for government offices by their seniors, PTI reported.

Some officers on the condition of anonymity alleged that top bureaucrats are forcing them to physically be present in meetings and this has been conveyed to the Lt governor.

“Why can’t meetings be held through video-conferencing,” one of the officers said.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu has taken a serious note of the alleged violations of the SOPs during meetings by the top officials, the sources told the news agency.

Speaking to the agency, sources also alleged that in violation of the guidelines, some officers have been put up for quarantine in a hotel in which the disaster management centre has been set up thereby posing threat to staff members there.

This comes at a time when the number of Covid-19 cases in the UT has climbed over 2,400. The death toll has reached 24.

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